Feminine face of terror

Young girls in suicide vests detonate in Nigeria killing at least 15

On the heels of a bomb blast that killed at least 32 people in Yola Tuesday night in northeast Nigeria, on Wednesday two girls wearing suicide vests detonated in a busy mobile phone market in Kano, killing at least 15 people. The attacks appear to be the work of Islamist terror group Boko Haram, which has a history of using young girls as human bombs, often against their will, during a six-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria that has left at least 17,000 dead and 2.6 million homeless. The girls in this incident were 11 years old and 18 years old. The attack is believed to be retaliation for a call to arms against the Islamist militants made by the emir of Kano, the second-highest Islamic authority in Nigeria. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack and reiterated his determination to wipe out the ISIS affiliate, saying, “Nigeria’s reinvigorated, well-equipped and well-motivated armed forces and security agencies [will] overcome Boko Haram very soon.” Nearly 1,500 people have been killed in northern and northeast Nigeria since Buhari took power on May 29th, but Tuesday’s bombing in Yola was the first suspected Boko Haram attack since a twin suicide bombing hit Yola on October 23.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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